Verse 6: And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, (Num. 4:15) Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people.
[And he says to the priests, Take up] [The Roman Catholic interpreters ask, in what manner Joshua commanded the Priests; and they respond, He did not command as a political Prince, but as a Prophet (thus Bonfrerius after Masius).]
Take up the ark, to wit, upon your shoulders; for so they were to carry it, Numbers 7:9.
[And go before] The priests were thus to be instructed, because the customary order was changed. No one, except with God going before, is able to enter into that blessed land (Masius).
Before the people; not in the middle of them, as you used to do.
[And they walked] Neither hesitating nor hanging back. Surely this is great faith (Masius).
 Hebrew: וַיֹּ֤אמֶר יְהוֹשֻׁ֙עַ֙ אֶל־הַכֹּהֲנִ֣ים לֵאמֹ֔ר שְׂאוּ֙ אֶת־אֲר֣וֹן הַבְּרִ֔ית וְעִבְר֖וּ לִפְנֵ֣י הָעָ֑ם וַיִּשְׂאוּ֙ אֶת־אֲר֣וֹן הַבְּרִ֔ית וַיֵּלְכ֖וּ לִפְנֵ֥י הָעָֽם׃